Hugging a tree could seriously improve the quality of your life as Adler Dolomiti’s ‘Yoga & the Healing Power of Trees’ package sets out to demonstrate.
Trees have amazing therapeutic qualities and many of today’s pharmaceuticals are derived from trees: aspirin comes from willow bark and Pycnogenol, which protects against deep vein thrombosis, is made from pine tree bark.
In the early 1980s, Japanese scientists discovered that simply inhaling the aromas produced by trees could help to immunise the body against disease. Phytonicides, which trees emit to protect themselves from harmful insects and germs, have strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities when inhaled by humans. American medical research has also proved that just being among trees is good for wellbeing, with stress levels and blood pressure lowered within three minutes of being in a green space.
Touching, stroking, leaning on and, above all, hugging a tree is beneficial to your health, with individual tree species having different effects on people. For example, among the trees that are prevalent in the Dolomites, beech improves concentration and wellbeing, and can help ease a sore throat and improve kidney function, while pine is good for the respiratory system, helps to treat depression and restores balance, while reducing fatigue.
To exploit the vitality provided by trees, Adler Dolomiti’s ‘Yoga & the Healing Power of Trees’ includes two sessions of outdoor yoga amid the outstanding natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Italian Dolomites that will help to recharge guests, while helping to establish inner harmony and peace. On the walk to the outdoor spot chosen for yoga, guests will be introduced to the theory of silvotherapy (the art of healing the body by harnessing the energy of trees).
The three-night half-board package also includes two afternoon (indoor) yoga sessions, detoxifying herbal teas and access to the hotel’s extensive spa and wellness programmes; a vegetarian menu is available on request. Available for one weekend only, from 21 to 24 September, the package costs from €554 per person sharing a double room (and will be repeated in September 2018).
Adler Dolomiti is accessible by flying to either Innsbruck or Verona, then to Ortisei by private transfer, rail or airport coach; the hotel has a large underground car park for guests arriving by car.